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Howard Benjamin Grate

October 21, 1938 September 30, 2018
Howard Benjamin Grate
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Howard Benjamin Grate was born on October 21, 1938 in Florence County, South Carolina to the late Samuel Grate Sr. and Janie Grate. He was affectionately known as “Bonnie Pea”. He departed this life after a lengthy illness on September 30, 2018 at St. Michael Medical Center, Newark.

Howard was raised in Johnsonville, South Carolina and educated through the South Carolina Public School System in Johnsonville, attending Gibbs High School in Pamplico. As a child, he and his family attended Nazareth A.M.E. Church in Johnsonville, the family church.

When Howard left South Carolina, he resided in Thomasville, North Carolina for three years before moving to Newark, New Jersey in 1958, where he met the love of his life, Evelyn Chesney Adams, through her cousin.

Howard and Evelyn were united in Holy Matrimony October 22, 1960 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing, NY. Their love affair lasted until her death in 2002.

Howard was a hard worker with a strong work ethic, working as a butcher in McCrory’s Department Store in Newark; a machinist at Warner Manufacturer in Bloomfield; before joining Food Town Grocers Inc. in Edison as a fork lift driver. He worked for Food Town Grocers for 28 years, until his retirement in 1998.

Howard loved to fish, particularly for Porgies, Whiting’s and Strip Bass. Anytime he had free time, he enjoyed fishing, visiting family in South Carolina and playing the lottery.

In later years, he enjoyed traveling; his favorite trip was to Alaska for his 70th birthday. During this trip, he was able to see the wilderness he watched on National Geographic. He traveled from Fairbanks, through Denali National Park / Alaskan Mountains Range, Mt. McKinley to Anchorage, where he cruised through various Glaciers to Vancouver. This 2-week adventure was a trip of a lifetime for him.

He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, parents Samuel and Janie Grate; siblings Samuel Grate Jr. and Thomas Grate.

Howard leaves to cherish his memory: his daughters, Doris Grate, Yolanda Grate-Marns, Karen Swift and Amber Grate; son, Troy Grate; son-in-law, Robert Swift; grandsons, Howard C. Grate, Christopher Marns and Cameron Marns, granddaughters, Halle Grate and Michaiah Grate; great-grandchildren, Destinni Grate, Nasiriyah Grate, Lavant Grate and Karina Grate; sisters, Willa Mae Parker and Janie Mae Grate; brothers, Philip Grate and John Grate; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Visitation

Friday

5

Oct

10:00 AM 10/5/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

235 Seymour Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108

Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
235 Seymour Avenue Newark 07108 NJ
United States

Funeral Service

Friday

5

Oct

11:00 AM 10/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

235 Seymour Avenue
Newark, NJ 07108

Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
235 Seymour Avenue Newark 07108 NJ
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Heavenly Rest Memorial Park Final Resting Place

268 Ridgedale Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936

268 Ridgedale Avenue East Hanover 07936 NJ
United States
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